A Pioneer Family of Jackson County, Oregon
prepared by William
1. Jesse1 Dollarhide, Jr., son of Jesse Dollarhide, Sr., and of Nancy Jane Pierson, born 22 Aug 1816 in Harrison Township, Wayne County, Indiana. He died 20 Aug 1888 in Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon; and was buried in Hargadine Cemetery in Ashland, Oregon. Jesse was the second son of Jesse Dollarhide, Sr., who had migrated from Virginia via Kentucky to Indiana in about 1813. Jesse Dollarhide, Sr. was a son of either John Dollarhide or Hezekiah Dollarhide -- both men lived on the Clinch River of Southwestern Virginia from about 1795. Before that, they had both lived in Randolph County, North Carolina. John and Hezekiah were sons of Francis Dollahide (III), who had come to North Carolina about 1746 from Baltimore County, Maryland. Francis Dollarhide (III) was a grandson of the immigrant to America, Francis Dollahide (I), who had come from County Dublin, Ireland, to Anne Arundel County, Maryland in June 1680. Francis Dollahide (I) was probably a son of Andrew Dollehide, an English landlord with a large estate near Dublin, Ireland, and who was listed on a census and hearth money roll, 1641-3.
Jesse Dollarhide, Jr. was raised on a farm in Harrison Township, Wayne County, Indiana until about 1827 when the family moved to Fountain County, Indiana. His brothers were John, born 1814; William, born 1820; and Joel, born 1828. His sisters were Elizabeth, born about 1822; and Mary, born about 1824. His father purchased land in Tippecanoe County, Indiana in 1835 and died there in December 1840 at about the age of 55 years. Jesse, Jr. was married 2 Jun 1836, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana to Nancy Murphey, daughter of John Murphey and of Jane ----. Nancy was born 23 May 1821 in Indiana, and died 23 Jun 1902 in Ashland, Oregon. Her father, John Murphey, was the founder of the town of Morocco, Indiana.
By 1850, the sons of Jesse Dollarhide, Sr. (John, Jesse, Jr., William, and Joel Dollarhide), were all married with children, and all had adjoining farms in Jasper County, Indiana near the town of Morocco. Jesse owned a farm and also bought and sold stock for the Chicago market. Although the land was rich and fertile and crops were plentiful, a nearby swamp was the source of mosquitos carrying the infectious typhoid virus. For a period of about seven years, the four Dollarhide families living near Morocco faced this dread disease every year, and several of their children died as a result. Jesse's brother, Rev. John Dollarhide and wife Lucy lost five children to typhoid fever, and Jesse and Nancy lost one child. The mosquitos were not understood to be the source of the typhoid problem until the early 1900's, and the Morocco swamp that was the source of so many deaths was finally drained in 1921.
In about 1856, the Jesse Dollarhide family left Indiana and moved to Illinois. (Based on census birthplaces given for two daughters, the family was living in Illinois in 1857 and 1858). By 1859 or early 1860, Jesse had moved his family to Fayette County, Iowa, living on a farm near his brother, Rev. John Dollarhide, who was at that time the minister of a Methodist Church in West Union, Fayette County, Iowa. Rev. John Dollarhide and his large family moved to California in the Spring of 1860; and Jesse and family continued to live in Fayette County for another year.
In the Spring of 1861, Jesse Dollarhide took his extended family via wagon train across the great plains, joining his brother's family, who had settled near Dixon, Solano County, California. Within a few years, Rev. John Dollarhide moved his family to Stanislaus County, California. Rev. John died from a heart attack (while in the middle of a sermon) at the age of 55 years near Lodi, California in 1869.
In 1869, the Jesse Dollarhide family moved to Jackson County, Oregon. He and his older sons entered homesteads within a few miles of the town of Jacksonville. Jesse and his sons also purchased extensive acreage in timber lands. By 1885, the family built and operated a sawmill, south of Ashland, Oregon. With no other access to their timber interests in the Siskiyou Mountains, the Dollarhides paid tolls to the Applegate family to use their road, part of the historic Applegate Trail, which had been the scene of many wagon trains into Southern Oregon during the pioneer days.
Jesse and his sons purchased the right of way for a section of the Applegate Trail running from the foot of the mountains south of Ashland, Oregon across the Siskiyou Mountains summit and down to the village of Hornbrook, California. Although they had originally purchased the road for their own use, the roadway was to become a vital link and a primary wagon road between California and Oregon. As a family-operated toll road, it became a steady source of income to the Dollarhide family and they profited from it for some 30 years. The road was part of the same route which became the Pacific Highway, then U.S. Highway 99, and currently, Interstate 5. The Dollarhide family operated the road from 1885 to 1916, when they sold their right of way to the State of Oregon. Today, this section of Interstate 5 is still the highest and most challenging mountain pass between Canada and Mexico. During the winter months, the roadway frequently receives as much as ten feet of snow and road crews work continuously to keep the road surface clear.
In the 1880's, the Dollarhide Toll Road was a rugged 10-mile-long wagon road, with long grades and switch-backs to negotiate the steep Siskiyou Mountains. From the Oregon side, the road climbed over 4,000 feet in elevation. The roadway was improved with log corduroy in many sections, and except for a few turnouts, it was only one lane wide. Each horse-drawn wagon crossing over the mountain was outfitted with bells and chains so that on-coming traffic could hear their approach. At each turnout, the travelers would need to stop and listen for traffic coming from the other direction, since two wagons could not pass side-by-side except at the turnouts. A toll station was located at each end of the road, as well as a way station near the summit. Three of Jesse Dollarhide's sons operated the stations. John Wesley Dollarhide was stationed at the California end at Hornbrook; while Henry Clay Dollarhide operated the Oregon portal at the foot of the Siskiyous, south of Ashland, where he maintained a Post Office there with the name Barron, Oregon. Jesse's youngest son, Leander Dudley Dollarhide, operated the way station near the summit of the mountain pass. The Dollarhide Toll Road was the main route to travel overland from California to Oregon for many years. In the 1870's and 80's, one could take a railroad from Sacramento as far north as Redding, California. On the Oregon side, the railroad south out of Portland ended in Roseburg, Oregon. Between those two points, virtually all travelers between Oregon and California had to pass over the Siskiyou Mountains by way of the Dollarhide Toll Road. The Dollarhide family collected tolls for every wagon, plus so much "per head" for each person, horse, cattle, or sheep.
For an interesting story of the Dollarhide Toll Road, see OR8, "An Indian Trail and How it Grew", an newspaper article by Marjorie O'Hara (Medford Courier?). A photograph of one of the toll stations is in OR52.
In the words of Rosalie (Shetler) Dollarhide, wife of Oley B. Dollarhide (grandson of Jesse & Nancy Dollarhide), the story of the family's move to California and Oregon is given:
"Jesse Dollarhide and his wife, Nancy (Murphey) Dollarhide, together with ten children (3 boys and 7 girls) left the state of Indiana about 1855 in wagons and headed west. Upon reaching the state of Iowa, the Dollarhide family decided to take up land there and make that location their home. However, after numerous crop failures and severe winters, they joined-up with a covered-wagon train in 1861 and headed overland for California.
"After a long and perilous trip they arrived at Carson City, Nevada Territory, where they remained for a time to rest, work, and to purchase much needed supplies, such as shoes, clothing, and food. Son John Wesley cooked for miners, and some of his sisters "waited tables" to assist the parents. They then continued on over the high Sierra Nevada mountain range via Donner Summit and into the Sacramento River Valley, where they took up land and had large ranches in the vicinity of Dixon, Solano County, California.
"Children making the overland trip with the parents were: Amanda, Lavina, John Wesley, Henry Clay, Mary, Lucy, Jamima, Priscilla, Mathilda, and Leander Dudley. By 1869, favorable reports reached the Dollarhides about the Rogue River Valley in Southern Oregon and a decision was made to move to Oregon. The ranches near Dixon were sold and once again they started out in covered wagons, this time for the Oregon country. A false bottom was put in one of the wagons to hide their gold as bandits and thieves abounded. They settled about two miles from Jacksonville, Oregon, scene of a big gold strike in 1852. Jesse, the father, and his son, John Wesley, each bought farms and built homes. Part of the Jesse Dollarhide place is now occupied (1973) by the Memorial Gardens Cemetery, and John Wesley's farm bordered next to his father's to the east.
"In 1885, the Dollarhides sold their farms near Jacksonville, and John Wesley and his brother Henry Clay, erected a sawmill south of Ashland in the Siskiyou Mountains. Jesse Dollarhide and his son, Henry Clay, purchased the toll road over the Siskiyou Mountains from Oregon into California from the Applegate family.
"The first sawmill was on Slate Creek, south of Ashland, Oregon. It was later moved to a new location higher in the Siskiyous. The timbers, ties, and the lumber used by the Southern Pacific Railway (formerly Oregon & California Railway) in erecting and constructing a long, high trestle across a canyon in the Siskiyous were cut in the Dollarhide sawmill and the trestle was named the "Dollarhide Trestle" by the railroad company and bore that name until it was filled in with rock and earth years later. It should be mentioned that oxen were used to haul logs from the forests to the sawmill site."
Lucy Dollarhide Clark, daughter of Jesse and Nancy Dollarhide, in her biography, A Sketch of My Life, gave a first-hand account of the family's travel across the plains from Iowa to California when she was ten years old:
"Uncle John (Jesse's brother, Rev. John Dollarhide) got the California fever and in 1859 or 1860 sold everything and emigrated to California. We were told there was plenty of gold in the banks of Sacramento and in 1861 father pulled up stakes and started West. Two young men each gave father $150.00 to go with him. We packed our things and started on the journey. It was the year the Civil War broke out and we knew it was a risky trip but with the Good Lord's help we got through safely.
"There were only six wagons, four families, that started out. One man, Benjamin Allen, was an United Brethren preacher and had sermons on Sunday for us. There were six young men and my two brothers, fourteen and sixteen years of age, some younger children, my sister, Lavina, who was twenty, and others of the four families. When we were half way on our journey, father had to sell a horse, the wagon, and harness. He received only $30.00 in gold for this whole outfit.
"As we came through southwestern Iowa, we stopped at Uncle Michael's and Aunt Mary Bridgeman's. They had moved there three or four years before. In the meantime father's step father had died. We stayed here about a week and while there I met my great-grandmother who was ninety-three years old. Before we started again, father bought a ten-gallon keg of sorghum molasses to take with us -- and my, didn't I get sick of that before we used it all.
"We traveled many days before we saw the first Indians, but these proved to be friendly. We were not traveling with any other train but would sometimes camp near one. One train -- the De Moss train -- had a hundred wagons and would have dances when camped.
"After father had to sell the wagon, some of us had to walk all the time. It seems to me I walked half way at least, barefooted across the desert where the thistles were thick. I had to stand it though because there was no other way to do it.
"There were many beautiful places of scenery along our route. One in particular, the Devil's Gate, where two mountains came together with a stream running down the narrow gulch, was outstanding in my mind. However, there were two very sad instances that happened on our journey. Mr. Wing's daughter, age sixteen, became sick and died, and a man was drowned in the river. He was not in our train but came with a company who camped near us after we reached this place. He and another had started to swim across the river when he was seized with cramps and went down. The other man managed to swim to a small island but was so scared he could go no further. The men had to throw a rope to him and help him across the rest of the way. The one who was drowned had a wife and two children. His body was recovered and it was a sad thing to leave him buried there on that lonely road away from all friends and things -- but such is life and we must move on.
"Our food became very low while we were on the road but none of us starved to death although we did go hungry one day. We traveled until we came to a place where there were two roads. One went by Honey Lake and the other over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Some of our company went by Honey Lake but Mr. Allen and father took the other road and went to Sacramento. We came to a mining town called China Town (which is now Dayton) and stayed there for awhile. Father had run out of money and we had only three horses left. He took a job hauling hay from a ranch to the livery stable. One morning the best mare we had was down and could not get up. A few days later a man came into the stable and seeing that she was a blooded animal, gave father $150.00 for her. Father took the money and we again started on our journey.
"We went up the river to where my Uncle John lived (near Dixon, Solano County, California). There the United Brethren were holding a camp meeting and we met some people father had known in Indiana. They were from Sacramento Valley and told father not to settle on the river for we would all have the chills and fever most of the time. These people wanted us to go with them out on the plains where we could rent land. Father found a man by the name of Mingus who rented his stock and farming tools to us. In the meantime people kept us in their home until we found a place to live. This was in the winter of 1861 and 1862, and my how it rained! The range cattle had nothing to eat and would stand around the farm corrals and bawl so pitifully. The winters before, there had always been enough grass and the farmers would burn their straw after thrashing instead of saving it. That winter taught them a lesson and after that the straw was always saved".
In A.G. Wallings', History of Southern Oregon, 1884, (see OR3), page 503: "Jesse Dollarhide: lives in Ashland; is a farmer and stock raiser; was born in Wayne County, Indiana in 1815; came to state and county 1869; was married in 1836 to Miss Nancy Murphy. Children, Amanda, Lavina, H. Clay, John W., Mary N., Lucy, Jemima, Priscilla, Matilda, and L. Dudley."
Tombstone inscriptions in Hargadine Cemetery, Ashland, Oregon (see OR5) "Dollarhide, Jesse, born 22 Aug 1916, died 20 Aug 1888", lot 53. "Dollarhide, Nancy, born 23 May 1821, died 23 Jun 1902".
Children of Jesse1 and Nancy (Murphey) Dollarhide were as follows:
4. Henry Clay2 Dollarhide, (Jesse1), born 16 Jul 1844 (see OR3) in Jasper County, Indiana; died 25 Apr 1927 in Los Angeles, California; buried 1927 in Altena Cemetery, Los Angeles, California. He was married (1) in 1870 at Jacksonville, Jackson County, Oregon to Julia Fender; and was married (2) 31 Oct 1873, in Jackson County, Oregon to Marrietta Louise Shideler, daughter of Lewis Shideler and of Diana Harter. In the 1870 census of Jackson County, Oregon, Henry Clay Dollarhide was living in the same house as his parents, along with his wife, Julia, age 23, born Missouri. (See OR 1). A newspaper item from the Democratic Times, Ashland, Oregon, states that "Mrs. Henry Clay Dollarhide died 3 July 1871", which was H.C. Dollarhide's first wife, and, apparently, no children were born of the first union. In the 1880 census: "H.C. Dollarhide, stockman, with wife, Marietta, age 26, and four children, ages 7 mos. through 6 years old, living in Ashland, Oregon. Also in the family was Henry's brother, Dudley, age 19. (see OR 2). In A.G. Wallings' History of Southern Oregon, 1884, (OR3), page 502: "H. Clay Dollarhide: lives at Toll House foot of Siskiyou Mts., which place he keeps a post office; Barron; was born July 16, 1844; came to Cal., 1861, to this country in 1869; married Julia A. Fendes in 1870, and May E. Shidler in 1873. Children, Julia A., Florence M., Minnie S., Nancy D., Myrtle E. and H. Clay Jr."
Children of Henry Clay2 and Marrietta Louise (Shideler) Dollarhide were as follows:
5. John Wesley2 Dollarhide, (Jesse1), born 13 Dec 1846 near Morocco, Jasper County, Indiana; died 18 Feb 1936 in Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon. He was married 24 Mar 1866, in Solano County, California to Sarah Josephine Campbell. She was born 2 Jul 1851 in Illinois and died 12 Aug 1911 in Pokagamie, Oregon. She was buried in Hornbrook, California. Her death certificate gives her mother's maiden name as Belder, but no first names for either parents. (See CA 50). A biographical sketch for Oley Basil Dollarhide, son of John Wesley, in the History of Klamath County, Oregon, 1941, (OR6), page 344: ". . . his grandfather, Jesse Dollarhide, brought the Dollarhide family to the Sacramento Valley by covered wagon in 1861. In 1869, John Wesley Dollarhide, born December 13, 1846, in Morocco, Indiana, moved from the Sacramento Valley to Jacksonville, Oregon, where he proved up on his homestead and farmed his land for 14 years. He acquainted himself with Klamath County by threshing grain for the farmers with his threshing machine, the first machine to be used in the county. He also hauled freight from Jacksonville to Old Fort Klamath, one of his most historic hauls being the first cannon and ammunition used in the Modoc Indian War. By 1883, Mr. Dollarhide had sold his farm and bought a sawmill in Ashland which he operated seven years before disposing of it to purchase stock in a gold mine in Siskiyou County. In 1893, he sold his stock in the mine, moving to Klamathon, California, where his wife, Josephine Campbell, assisted him in operating a hotel. She was born in Illinois on July 2, 1851, came with her parents by boat around the Horn, locating in the Sacramento Valley. She married in 1866, at the age of 15, and reared a family of ten children. She died in Pokegama, Oregon, August 2, 1911, at the age of 60. Later, John Wesley Dollarhide made his home with his son, O.B. Dollarhide, until his death February 18, 1936, at the age of 89."
Children of John Wesley2 and Sarah Josephine (Campbell) Dollarhide were as follows:
13. Leander Dudley2 Dollarhide, (Jesse 1), born 8 Oct 1860 in Fayette County, Iowa; died 27 Oct 1939 in Ashland, Jackson County., Oregon. He was married 18 Mar 1886, in Jackson County., Oregon to Florence A. Dunlop. Leander Dudley was known by most everyone as "Uncle Dud". He was the last operator of the famous Dollarhide Toll Road that crossed the Siskiyou Mountains from Ashland, Oregon to Hornbrook, California. By 1915, the Oregon legislature decided to make the last public road connection for the Pacific Highway (later highway 99, and today Interstate 5). However, when the construction crews showed up at the Dollarhide Toll Road they were met by Uncle Dud Dollarhide, who was in the middle of his road with a shotgun. It seems that the State of Oregon had forgotten to buy the rights to the road from the Dollarhide family, and Uncle Dud gave them a gentle reminder. The matter was settled soon after this incident, and Dudley moved his family to the old way house near the summit of the mountain pass. He had discovered that the automobiles of that time could not cross the steep grade without stopping for water along the way. (Instead of collecting tolls, he collected fees for auto repair services). In the 1900 census, Dudley Dollarhide and family was shown as living in Barron, Jackson County, the name of the Post Office the family maintained at the foot of the Siskiyou Mountains as part of the Oregon portal house for the toll road. An obituary from the Ashland Daily Tidings, Oct. 28, 1939, "L.D. Dollarhide dies at Ranch. Ashland Pioneer had been Resident here for 78 years. Leander Dudley Dollarhide, a pioneer of the Ashland area, died last night at the age of 79 at his home about 12 miles southeast of the city in the Siskiyous. Mr. Dollarhide came to the ranch, on which he died, at the age of one year. His parents were Jesse and Nancy Dollarhide. The deceased was born Oct. 8, 1860, in Missouri (sic). Survivors include his widow, Florence, to whom he was married in 1886, one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Pinkerton of Ashland, and three sons, Vern and George D., Ashland, and Ross D., Adel, Oregon. Dollarhide Hill in the Siskiyous drew its name for the family which settled on a large acreage in the mountains south of this city. Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon from the J.P. Dodge and Sons Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. G. W. Frost, Medford Apostolic Faith congregation, officiating". A photograph of the Toll station is in OR52, and a photo of Uncle Dud's house on the toll road is in OR55.
Children of Leander Dudley2 and Florence A. (Dunlop) Dollarhide were as follows:
18. Henry Clay3 Dollarhide, Jr., (Henry Clay, Sr. 2, Jesse 1), born 12 Jun 1883 in Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon; died 1 Dec 1958 in California (?); buried 1958 in Plano Cemetery, Porterville, California. He was married in Shasta County (?), California to Jenny Jacobs, daughter of J. M. Jacobs and of ---- ----. A birth certificate for Arthur Vincent Dollarhide mentioned that he was the 6th child of this family. The other children's names are not known. Jennie (Jacobs) Dollarhide was born 28 Sep 1884 in Missouri, and died 21 Nov 1931 in Porterville, Tulare County, California. She was buried at Plano Cemetery, 24 Nov 1931.
Children of Henry Clay3 Dollarhide, Jr., and Jenny (Jacobs) Dollarhide were as follows:
26. Wesley3 Dollarhide, (John Wesley 2, Jesse 1), born May 1869 in Solano County, California; died after 1900. He was married in Siskiyou County, California to Amelia Martha Ashbaugh. In the 1900 census for Siskiyou County, a Wesley Dollarhide (b1869) was living with the family of Charles Lake as a boarder. He was shown as being "divorced". Meanwhile, Amelia (Ashbaugh) Dollarhide had remarried to a Joe Deal. They were shown with two children: Garnet Dollarhide, age 6, and Elizabeth Deal, age 10 mos. They were living in a tent, and Joe Deal was a Railroad worker in a railroad construction camp.
Children of Wesley3 and Amelia Martha (Ashbaugh) Dollarhide were as follows:
27. Jesse Ambrose3 Dollarhide, (John Wesley2, Jesse1 ), born 16 Aug 1870 in Jacksonville, Jackson County, Oregon; died 8 Jul 1940 near Woodland, Yolo County, California. He was married 25 Dec 1894, in Hornbrook, Siskiyou County, California to Myrtle A. Stryker. His death record stated that he was a resident of Davis, California for over 25 years. His occupation was listed as "stockman". He was shown as divorced, and was buried in Hornbrook, California.
Children of Jesse Ambrose and Myrtle A. (Stryker) Dollarhide were as follows:
28. Hattie Belle3 Dollarhide, (John Wesley 2, Jesse 1), born Feb 1873 in Jackson County, Oregon; died after 1900. She was married (1) 9 Dec 1888, in Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon to A. R. Martin; and was married (2) about 1890/1900, in Siskiyou County, California to Charles A. Afline. A Hattie B. Dollarhide was married to C.E. Ulin, 27 May 1895 in Siskiyou County, California, possibly the same person.
Children of A. R. Martin and Hattie Belle3 (Dollarhide) Martin were as follows:
30. Harry Burdette3 Dollarhide, (John Wesley 2, Jesse1), born 11 Jul 1875 in Oregon; died 11 Oct 1909 in Weed, Siskiyou County, California; buried 12 Oct 1909 in Hornbrook, California. He was married 22 Dec 1901, in Yreka, Siskiyou County, California to Sarah Myrtle Noel. Harry B. Dollarhide was killed in a railroad accident. (See CA51 for death certificate abstract). He was buried 12 Oct 1909 in Hornbrook, California.
Children of Harry Burdette3 and Sarah Myrtle (Noel) Dollarhide were as follows:
31. John Marion3 Dollarhide, (John Wesley 2, Jesse 1), born Nov 1877 in Jacksonville, Jackson County, Oregon; died 23 Jul 1935 in Klamath Falls, Klamath County, Oregon; buried 1935 in Weed, Siskiyou County, California. He was married 7 Jan 1903, in Siskiyou County, California to Frances Caroline Corneil. A burial permit to transport the body of John M. Dollarhide from Oregon to Weed, California was recorded in Siskiyou County, California. Frances was born in Michigan, and was living at 2472 Quincy Rd., Oroville, Calif. in 1968, age 85. (See CA94). She died 15 Dec 1969, and was buried in Winema Cemetery, Weed, California.
Children of John Marion3 and Frances Caroline (Corneil) Dollarhide were as follows:
32. Claude Clarence3 Dollarhide, (John Wesley 2, Jesse 1 ), born 28 Jul 1879 near Jacksonville, Jackson County, Oregon; died 28 Jun 1954 in Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon; buried Jun 1954 in Mountain View Cemetery, Ashland, Jackson County, Oregon. He was married about 1900, in Hornbrook (?), Siskiyou County, California to Retha W. Wulf. An obituary from the Ashland Tidings, June 30, 1954, (OR57): "Claude C. Dollarhide, 73, a Jackson county native and member of the pioneer Dollarhide family, died Monday in Ashland, after several years of failing health. Funeral services will be conducted at the Mountain View chapel at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Everett McGee officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain View cemetery. Mr. Dollarhide was born near Jacksonville in 1880. His father operated one of the first sawmills in the Siskiyous, and cut the ties for the first railroad across the mountains. He lived in northern California for some time as a young man, and in 1901 was married to Miss Retha Wulf, Hornbrook, who survives. They moved to Ashland from Klamath Falls 24 years ago. Other survivors include a brother, O.B., Berkeley; a grandson, Wallace Cannon, and a great-granddaughter, Linda Cannon, Ashland. A daughter, Mrs. Ruby E. Cannon, died 12 years ago."
Children of Claude Clarence3 and Retha W. (Wulf) Dollarhide were as follows:
33. Oley Basil 3 Dollarhide, (John Wesley 2, Jesse 1), born 14 Dec 1882 in Jacksonville, Jackson County, Oregon; died 4 Aug 1961 in Grants Pass, Josephine County, Oregon. He was married 6 Feb 1907, in Montague, Siskiyou County, California to Rosalie Margaret Shetler. Biographical sketch, from History of Klamath County, Oregon, 1941, (OR6) page 344: "In speaking of Klamath County's pioneer lumbermen, mention should certainly be made of Oley Basil Dollarhide, a man who has made lumbering his life work, and resident of Klamath Falls since 1912. He is a voracious reader, well informed on general topics, helping him maintain an interest in his work and in the welfare of his city and county. Oley Basil Dollarhide received his schooling in Siskiyou County, California, and began work in a box factory there. For 30 years he was employed as a sawyer by the Algoma Lumber Company in this county. In 1920, he was chairman of the Algoma school board; is a member of the Republican Party, and a member of the Assembly of God church. At Montague, California, February 6, 1907, Mr. Dollarhide married Rosalie Shetler who is, likewise, of pioneer ancestry, her father, Albert Shetler being born in Henley, California, October 1, 1854, after his parents had crossed the plains. Mr. Shelter came to Klamath Falls in 1913, to reside here until his death caused by an explosion, January 4, 1916. During his life he farmed and worked for the Southern Pacific Railway. His wife, Sophie Groat, born in New York City, December 24, 1857, journeyed to Napa, California, in 1868, by way of the Isthmus. Her first husband was Cayetano Juarez, Jr., whose father was owner of a Spanish land grant in Napa County and who gave the site for the Napa State Hospital and the site for the Tulocay Cemetery. The death of Cayetano Juarez, Jr., occurred in 1882, and in 1887, his widow became the bride of Albert Shelter. The children and grandchildren of Oley Basil Dollarhide carry on this pioneer family. They are John Albert, born June 5, 1909; Rosalie Josephine, born March 11, 1913, and Joyce Claudia, born November 22, 1924. Rosalie Josephine has three children, all born in Klamath Falls; Lloyd, Jr., born July 24, 1932; Helen, born October 27, 1935, by her first marriage to Lloyd Bunnell; and James, born February 19, 1940, by her second marriage to Franklin Smith. In the true pioneer spirit, Oley Basil Dollarhide has reared his family and has encouraged the stability and prosperity of his city and county for many years. Steady, dependable progress marks his career which began in the Pioneer Box factory at 50 cents a day, 11 hours a day, and advanced him to the position of sawyer, one the highest paid positions in the lumber business." In 1968, Rosalie was living at 1319 W. 8th St., Medford, Ore. (See CA94).
Children of Oley Basil3 and Rosalie Margaret (Shetler) Dollarhide were as follows:
35. Ross Cody3 Dollarhide, Sr. (Leander Dudley2, Jesse1), born Oct 1886 in Jackson County, Oregon; died 9 Jan 1974 in Adell, Lake County, Oregon. He was married (1) in Oregon (?) to Alvira Grace Courtright; and was married (2) about 1926/1935, to Patricia Blackwell. Ross Dollarhide was a ranch foreman in southeastern Oregon for many years. He raised his three sons in ranching and they were probably on horseback about the same time they were learning to walk. His son, Ross, Jr. was to become a famous rodeo performer, but those who knew old Ross knew he was the real cowboy. For over 30 years, he worked for the Kittredge Family, owners of the MC Ranch, located at Warner Valley, Lake County, Oregon, one of the largest cattle ranches in America, with acreage comparable in size with the state of Delaware. Ross Dollarhide was remembered by William Kittredge, whose early years were spent as a cowboy on his family's ranch, and who later in life became a college professor and noted author, particularly known for his insightful essays about the West. In his book, Hole in the Sky: A Memoir (New York: Vintage Books, 1993), Kittredge said, "Somehow Dollarhide became the king of the make-believe in my boyhood, and in all our back-lands empire, boss of all the cowboys for my grandfather. . . Ross Dollarhide was my main vaquero model in matters of grace and manliness." Kittredge also remembered Ross Dollarhide, Sr. (and Ross, Jr.) in other writings, talking fondly about Ross, Sr. as a formidable character who had a profound impact on his childhood. He recalled one event in the 1940s where Ross was leading the young Kittredge boys on horseback, rounding up a few stray steers. The terrain on that part of the ranch was covered with numerous lava beds, and his horse was spooked by a rattlesnake. For several minutes, Ross Dollarhide, a man in his mid-60s, was fighting a twisting, turning, bucking horse who wanted nothing else but to get rid of his rider, and if bucked off the horse the rider would be cut to shreds by the jagged edges of the lava rock all around him. But Ross stayed with the horse, and the horse finally calmed down. The Kittredge boys, with their mouths agape, watched the old man fight to stay on his horse and contain the animal, and witnessed an example of bronc riding they didn't think was possible. Later, at their campfire, noticing that the two young boys were staring at him, Ross said, "I didn't think today was good day to die." Ross Dollarhide, Sr. retired in the little town of Adel, a few miles from Lakeview, Oregon, and where he died in 1974 at the age of 87 years.
Children of Ross Cody3 Dollarhide, Sr. and Alvira Grace (Courtright) Dollarhide were as follows:
52. Corneil Marion4 Dollarhide, (John Marion3, John Wesley2, Jesse1 ), born about 1913 in Siskiyou County, California; died 8 Nov 1968 in California. He was married about 1933, in California to Erma Mae Welch.
Children of Corneil Marion4 and Erma Mae (Welch) Dollarhide were as follows:
58. Rosalie Josephine4 Dollarhide, (Oley Basil3, John Wesley2, Jesse1), born 11 Mar 1913 in Klamath County, Oregon. She was married (1) to Lloyd Bunnell; and was married (2) to Franklin Smith.
Children of Lloyd and Rosalie Josephine4 (Dollarhide) Bunnell were as follows:
Children of Franklin and Rosalie Josephine4 (Dollarhide) Smith were as follows:
60. Wesley Leander4 Dollarhide, (Ross Cody3, Leander Dudley2, Jesse1 ), born 12 Oct 1918 in Oregon. He now lives in Lakeview, Oregon. He was married in Oregon to Theresa Benedette O'Connor.
Children of Wesley Leander4 and Theresa Benedette (O'Connor) Dollarhide were as follows:
61. Ross Cody4 Dollarhide, Jr., (Ross Cody, Sr.3, Leander Dudley2, Jesse1 ), born 27 Sep 1921 in Oregon; died 1977 in Arizona. He was married (1), to Betty ----; and was married (2), to Ella Jo ----; and was married (3), to Frieda ----. Ross Dollarhide (Jr) was raised on a cattle ranch, and was working as a cowboy for his father at a very early age. At about the age of seventeen, he went to the Pendleton Round-Up rodeo and entered in several events as an amateur. He won first place in nearly every event, and came back for the next couple of years for the fun of it. By 1941, however, the organizers of the Round-Up decided that he was too good for his age and would not let him compete as an amateur -- so he paid his entrance fee as a professional. In his first rodeo as a "pro" he won two major events, beating such names as Jim Shoulders and Casey Tibbs -- rodeo riders who were legends at that time -- in both bronco riding and calf roping. For the next couple of years he continued working on the MC Ranch in Lake County, Oregon, and competing from time to time in rodeos, until he decided to go full time on the rodeo circuit. He was in his prime in the late 1940's and early 1950's and for several years running he was one of the top five rodeo riders in America (based on prize winnings). In his best year he was the World Champion Calf Roper in 1953, and also came in second that year as All Around Cowboy. He injured his leg in a bad fall from a horse about 1954 and was never able to compete consistently again. Ross had a horse that was perfectly suited in size and disposition for calf roping. The horse was small and easy to get on and off -- but the horse seemed to have a sixth sense about where the calf was moving. Ross Dollarhide set a record for time in calf roping at the Pendleton Round-Up that was not beaten for over 25 years. He had an outstanding horse that helped a great deal, but Ross was a natural athlete and was always near the top in any competition he entered. After his injury, he followed the rodeo circuit for several more years, renting his horse to other cowboys. He would take a piece of the purse if they won an event using his horse, and apparently, he made a good living without all the bruises. By the late 1950's, he had made contacts with a movie studio in Hollywood -- and began training horses for stunts in movies. He would then rent and handle horses for them. This led to getting small parts as a bit player, and also led to doing stunts involving horses. He became a full-time stunt man and was in many big budget movies through the 1960's and 70's, including the hit movie, "Blazing Saddles". In 1977 he was doing stunts and handling horses for a new TV series, "The Oregon Trail" and was leading a stampede of cattle for the cameras. His horse tripped in a gopher hole and he was thrown into the path of the running animals. He walked away, but told the director that he felt like he had a broken rib. The director told him to go back to town and check himself into the hospital for x-rays. He did go to the hospital but they told him the x-ray machine wasn't working and that he should come back the following morning. He went to his motel and went to bed -- and died from internal bleeding that night.
Children of Ross Cody4 Dollarhide, Jr., and Betty (----) Dollarhide, Jr. were as follows:
62. Richard Allen4 Dollarhide, (Ross Cody, Sr.3, Leander Dudley2, Jesse1 ), born 30 Jul 1925 in Burns, Harney County, Oregon. He was married 5 Jun 1948, in Reno, Washoe, Nevada to Evelyn Marie Daron, daughter of Nathaniel Daron and of Mary Evelyn Miller.
Children of Richard Allen4 and Evelyn Marie (Daron) Dollarhide were as follows:
74. Ethel Ranee5 Dollarhide, (Richard Allen4, Ross Cody, Sr.3, Leander Dudley2, Jesse1), born 30 Dec 1948 in Lakeview, Lake County, Oregon. She was married 27 Sep 1968, in Winnemucca, Humboldt County, Nevada to Norman Lee Bryant, son of William Allen Bryant and of Ellen Francis Gearing. In 1978, this family was living in Nampa, Idaho, operating a dairy farm. Ethel has done genealogical research and has submitted materials to the Ancestral FileTM at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Children of Norman Lee and Ethel Ranee5 (Dollarhide) Bryant were as follows:
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